This video from Brooklyn’s Late Night Basement happens to be situated right at the intersection of my two favorite things: making fun of batter-dipped fried cheese nugget Guy Fieri and ridiculing the ironic hipster underbelly of Brooklyn. Intrepid reporter Chris Rose interviews the bespeckled and be-skinny jeans wearing Williamsburglars about a (fake) impending Guy Fieri chain restaurant. You could almost imagine Fieri serving up nacho cheese-fed foie gras and “factory farm to table” food, right? And Vampire Weekend as investors? Of course. [YouTube]
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Pray Tell: What The Brooklyn Hasidic Rape Trial Tells Us About Religion Colliding With The Modern World
In Brooklyn, a 17-year-old girl just testified against the man accused of sexually assaulting her. On the surface, this case is sadly too familiar: she and her accused rapist are both members of a strict right wing sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, known as the Satmar Hasidim.
Extreme groups exist in every religion, and Judaism is no exception. However, the Satmar Hasidim are a fringe group within a fringe group. Though they are ultra-Orthodox Jews (meaning that they keep kosher, observe the Sabbath, and follow all the other rules), they differ from other super-religious Jews in that they don’t support the nation of Israel. Like other ultra-Orthodox Jews (this isn’t really a thing in the more liberal branches of Judaism), they keep strict gender segregation, sending boys and girls to different schools that teach different subjects and keeping men and women separated in synagogue. But the rape case currently happening in Brooklyn could blow the roof of the place. Keep reading »
Personally, I am a huge fan of headbands. I love them in all colors and all sizes, especially the large, unnecessarily flamboyant ones. After being inspired by so many brave fashion risk-takers in movies like Sex & the City I was beginning to wonder if that woman really does exist in real life. Meet Robyn English… Keep reading »